Rudyard Kipling

(30 December 1865 – 18 January 1936 / Bombay)

Seal Lullaby

Poem by Rudyard Kipling

Oh! hush thee, my baby, the night is behind us,
And black are the waters that sparkled so green.
The moon, o’er the combers, looks downward to find us
At rest in the hollows that rustle between.
Where billow meets billow, there soft be thy pillow;
Ah, weary wee flipperling, curl at thy ease!
The storm shall not wake thee, nor shark overtake thee,
Asleep in the arms of the slow-swinging seas.


Comments about Seal Lullaby by Rudyard Kipling

  • Lavonne Baker (10/21/2018 8:46:00 PM)

    I love this this poem, and I am so grateful the words were set to music and that I got to sing it with our college choir. The interdisciplinary effect is tremendous.(Report)Reply

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  • Sandra Murphy (11/30/2016 3:09:00 PM)

    It begins with a cautionary tale about swimming too far on your own, while you're still a baby. Something about summer gales and killer whales. But the last 3 lines should be printed on maternity dresses:
    Just splash and grow strong
    And you can't go wrong
    Child of the open sea.(Report)Reply

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  • Brian JaniBrian Jani (5/13/2014 12:42:00 PM)

    Rudyard Amazing poetic skills here(Report)Reply

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Poem Submitted: Friday, January 3, 2003

Poem Edited: Tuesday, April 7, 2015